Primark and Co-Op to open Walsall stores

Primark and Co-op are to open new superstores in the Black Country in a multi-million pound regeneration scheme creating 160 jobs.

Primark and Co-op are to open new superstores in the Black Country in a multi-million pound regeneration scheme creating 160 jobs.

The retail giants have signed contracts to move in to two brand new shops to be built as part of the £21 million revamp of Walsall's Old Square Shopping Centre.

Primark is to move in to a 30,000 sq ft store, the entrance to which will be in Digbeth, and will recruit around 100 workers.

Co-op will move in to a new supermarket to be built on the former Tesco site on The Bridge, creating 60 jobs.

Primark spokesman Geoff Lancaster said: "We have been working on this for quite some time and we are delighted to get to this stage.

"Hopefully planning permission will be granted soon so we can get moving as soon as possible."

Co-op chief executive Ben Reid said: "We are thrilled to announce our plans to open the new supermarket in Walsall."

Walsall's regeneration boss Councillor Adrian Andrew said: "It is brilliant news. In a time when a lot of other developments are being put on hold or cancelled all together, Walsall is moving forward."

Comments for: "Primark and Co-Op to open Walsall stores"

k Yates

I am thrilled that Primark is coming to Walsall but I will certainly not be shopping at the Co op it is far too expensive. What a lack of imagination and what a waste of space and money that will be in this present economic climate. Aren't there enough supermarkets in the town centre including Morrisons

B Allen

Since Tesco has moved to the edge of the town and Asda is at the top of the town, the centre of the town centre has no longer got a supermarket. The older generation have since stopped coming into the town centre as the supermarkets are not in close proximity to the bus station and main carparks. I as a retailer welcome the news that Walsall is to regenerate the Old Square and Digbeth. All we need now is for more big name brands to follow!

What ever happened to the Indoor Market Ideas?